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AngularJS Fundamental Concepts for Building Web Applications: Part 3
By Jesse Smith
Oct 15, 2014
In Part 3 of a 4-part series, programming expert Jesse Smith shows you how to use web forms validation the easy way with AngularJS to validate and prepare data before posting to a database.
Accustoming Yourself to Ruby
By Peter J. Jones
Oct 7, 2014
In this excerpt from Effective Ruby: 48 Specific Ways to Write Better Ruby, Peter J. Jones examines Ruby's unique take on common programming ideas. That is, those that impact every part of your program, such as Treat All Objects as If They Could Be nil and Avoid Ruby’s Cryptic Perlisms.
Retrofitting an Existing Site to a Responsive Mobile Design
By Phil Dutson
Sep 29, 2014
It doesn’t matter whether you are working for yourself, as a freelancer, for a corporation, or even as part of a design studio—at some point, you will be asked to take an existing site and make it work on everything. This might seem overwhelming but is by no means impossible. In this chapter from Responsive Mobile Design: Designing for Every Device, you learn about choosing the proper layout, working with site components, and keeping some important issues in mind when going mobile.
Hit the Ground Running with MongoDB and Python
By Stephen B. Morris
Sep 16, 2014
Stephen B. Morris describes how to get started with MongoDB and Python. As usual with Python, you can get productive quickly, without worrying about complex IDEs. MongoDB has a simple data model and easy-to-understand semantics, giving you a handy on-ramp to this interesting technology.
An Introduction to Data Visualization in JavaScript: How to Use Data-Joins in D3
By Ritchie S King
Sep 12, 2014
Data-joins are the bread and butter of D3. This chapter from Visual Storytelling with D3: An Introduction to Data Visualization in JavaScript covers how to use data-joins to add elements to a webpage and then manipulate them with data.
Learn Ruby the Hard Way: Comments and Pound Characters
By Zed A. Shaw
Sep 8, 2014
Comments are very important in your programs. They are used to tell you what something does in English, and they are used to disable parts of your program if you need to remove them temporarily. Zed Shaw shows you how to use them in Ruby, in this excerpt from Learn Ruby the Hard Way: A Simple and Idiomatic Introduction To The Imaginative World Of Computational Thinking With Code, 3rd Edition.
AngularJS Fundamental Concepts for Building Web Applications: Part 2
By Jesse Smith
Aug 19, 2014
In Part 2 of this series, programming expert Jesse Smith continues his discussion of AngularJS by exploring modules and services.
AngularJS Fundamental Concepts for Building Web Applications: Part 1
By Jesse Smith
Aug 12, 2014
In Part 1 of a two-part series, Jesse Smith gives you a solid introduction to AngularJS and how the framework is used to create simple web applications.
Introducing Learning Labs: A New Way to Learn Programming
By Jennifer Kyrnin, Phil Ballard, Brad Dayley
Aug 9, 2014
In this interview with Jennifer Kyrnin, Brad Dayley, and Phil Ballard, authors of HTML5 Mobile Application Development in 24 Hours, Sams Teach Yourself (Learning Lab), jQuery and JavaScript in 24 Hours, Sams Teach Yourself (Learning Lab), and JavaScript in 24 Hours, Sams Teach Yourself (Learning Lab), respectively, answer some questions about this new format and what you can learn from it.
Introduction to Core HTML5 2D Game Programming
By David Geary
Aug 5, 2014
Learn how to implement a full-fledged HTML5 video game so that you can learn how to create one of your own. In this chapter, David Geary looks at the game Snail Bait from a high level to get a feel for its features and to understand some of the best practices it implements.
Joomla! Content Explained
By Stephen Burge
Aug 5, 2014
This chapter from Joomla! 3 Explained: Your Step-by-Step Guide, 2nd Edition explains the easiest and fastest way to add content to a Joomla site. If you follow this workflow, it will make your Joomla life very easy.
Service-Orientation Principles with Java Web-Based Services
By Thomas Erl, Raj Balasubramanian, David Chou, Thomas Plunkett, Satadru Roy, Philip Thomas, Andre Tost
Jul 29, 2014
This chapter visits each of the eight service-orientation principles in depth to highlight considerations specific to design and development with Java.
Introduction to "SOA with Java"
By Thomas Erl, Raj Balasubramanian, David Chou, Thomas Plunkett, Satadru Roy, Philip Thomas, Andre Tost
Jul 28, 2014
Thomas Erl et al. describe the objectives and organization of their book, SOA with Java: Realizing Service-Orientation with Java Technologies, explain who the book is for, and what is not actually covered.
Database Development: Comparing Python and Java ORM Performance
By Stephen B. Morris
Jul 22, 2014
Stephen B. Morris draws a comparison between two approaches to ORM-centric database development. One is based on the Python SQLAlchemy ORM tools, and the other uses standard Java JPA. Which is better? The result of comparing a simple use case for both languages is quite surprising.
Introducing the Node.js-to-AngularJS Stack
By Brad Dayley
Jul 21, 2014
To get you off on the right foot, this chapter focuses on the fundamental components of the web development framework and then describes the components of the Node.js-to-AngularJS stack that is the basis for the rest of the book.
Learn Socket Programming with Python
By Jesse Smith
Jul 17, 2014
Programming expert Jesse Smith shows you how to use Python to program socket applications. You will learn about the various socket types and how to apply them.
Learning About Prototypes and Inheritance with JavaScript
By Jesse Smith
Jul 10, 2014
Programming expert Jesse Smith shows you how to use JavaScript prototypes with object-oriented concepts such as inheritance.
Tech Tune-up: A Closer Look at JavaScript Types in Node.js (text+video)
By Marc Wandschneider
Jul 7, 2014
Marc Wandschneider looks at the types in JavaScript, with both text and video tutorials.
REST Web Services in WebSphere Liberty
By Kyle Brown, Roland Barcia, Karl Bishop, Matthew Perrins
Jun 30, 2014
This chapter covers REST Web Services in WebSphere Liberty, including discussions of JAX-RS, JSON Serialization, and RESTful SOA.
A Strategic SEO Upfront Content Approach for WordPress SEO Success
By Jacob Aull
Jun 26, 2014
This chapter discusses starting SEO and developing a content strategy; outlines the best SEO content objectives, plans, and guides; explains how to pick the best keywords; and shows how to manage the WordPress SEO tools.

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